January 30, 2019
Afterschool programs provide “incredible benefits”—but many Utah youth are missing out on them
As many as 99,000 Utah youth may be left unsupervised when the school day ends. The State of Afterschool Report summarizes five years of evaluation and research on Utah’s funded afterschool programs. It also documents current availability of afterschool programs, identifies needs, and profiles three programs. The UEPC co-authored the report with the Utah Afterschool Network.
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June 25, 2018
National AfterSchool Association Names Utah Education Policy Center One of Its MOST INFLUENTIAL IN Research and Evaluation 2018
The UEPC was recently honored as a National AfterSchool Association’s (NAA) Most Influential in Research and Evaluation 2018. The UEPC’s work has led to increased state-level funding for afterschool programs, more informed and effective technical assistance, and improved statewide capacity to ensure that youth and families have access to high-quality afterschool programs throughout the state. This award was the result of the UEPC’s ongoing collaborations with the Utah Afterschool Network, Utah State Board of Education, and Utah Department of Workforce Services Office of Childcare. You can read about the NAA awardees here.
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April 19, 2018
State Afterschool Program Makes a Difference for Students in Utah Affected by Intergenerational Poverty
We found that students who participated in afterschool programs that were designed to serve those affected by intergenerational poverty performed better on year-end state assessments to the same students’ performance in the years they did not participate. Moreover, students in these programs also performed better the longer they were in the afterschool program. Students tripled the average academic gains in assessment scores after attending for three years compared to the gains in scores for one year of attendance. Read the full report here (uepc.live/igp2018).
April 19, 2018
UEPC Director Speaks to RadioWest About Utah Teachers
Dr. Andrea K. Rorrer, Director of the UEPC, talked with Doug Fabrizio on RadioWest about the value and satisfaction of Utah teachers. Dr. Rorrer highlighted findings from report the UEPC published using the Educator Career and Pathway Survey (ECAPS) for Teachers survey.
Check out the audio here.
January 25, 2018
Deciding to Stay or Go: Making a Difference Matters
The Utah Education Policy Center (UEPC) found that choosing to make a difference isn’t just a reason for becoming a teacher. As it turns out, teachers report that making a difference in the lives of children and young adults, and contributing to the greater social good are among the top factors in their decisions to remain a teacher. Turns out that the convenience of the work schedule doesn’t hurt either. Read the report on the Educator Career and Pathway Survey (ECAPS) for Teachers here.
June 29, 2017
Home Visiting Research Featured in National Report
A UEPC report on home visiting is highlighted by the Council for a Strong America in Parenting Works: The Public Safety and Economic Benefits of Home Visiting in Utah.
Check out the original report here.
May 18, 2017
Dr. Yongmei Ni Featured in ABC4 Report on Teacher Raises
April 10, 2017
UEPC in the News: Teacher Turnover
Check out the briefs that are referenced in this article here.
More than half — 56 percent — of the public school educators who started teaching in 2008 left the profession by 2015, according to a recent report by the Utah Education Policy Center at the University of Utah.
University researchers say they are still exploring why so many new teachers leave the profession after just a few years in the classroom.
Source: Deseret News
March 20, 2017
Allison Nicholson, Research Associate at the UEPC, was interviewed by KUER about three teacher turnover research briefs and data brief recently released by the UEPC. Check out the article and interview here.
January 27, 2017
In collaboration with the Utah State Board of Education, the UEPC published three Utah teacher turnover briefs and a summary brief.
Click here to read the briefs.
October 19, 2016
Dr. Andrea Rorrer and Allison Nicholson were featured in a Deseret News article about the Informed Decisions 2016 Utah Educators Policy Brief. The UEPC authored the brief in partnership with the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.
October 1, 2016
September 15, 2016
BRIDGEWORKS DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES: Developing Student Responsive Learning Environments
Above is a video of Dr. Terry Scott’s presentation on engagement and classroom management. (Please do not use the video for trainings without permission from Dr. Scott).
September 13, 2016
Dr. Andrea Rorrer presented on teacher retention in Utah at the Joint Education Conference.
View the PowerPoint slides here.
Jun 28, 2016
Allison Nicholson, Research Associate at the UEPC, and Dianne Meppen, Director of Survey Research at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, sat down with ABC 4 Utah to discuss education issues important to voters as identified by Informed Decisions 2016. See the interview and read the Education Focus Group Snapshot for the “Informed Decisions 2016,” a collaborative project of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute and the Hinckley Institute of Politics.
Jun 14, 2016
In collaboration with Utah State Board of Education, the UEPC is exploring the teaching labor force in Utah through multiple data and research briefs. This first brief gives a general overview of the topic of teacher shortages and compiles existing data to help policymakers and the public understand the issue. Look for additional briefs in Spring 2017.